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|Other Titles:||The Influence of Kindergarten English Immersion Programs on Children's (3-7 Years Old) Perceptions of Their Native Language and Culture: A Case Study|
Department of English, NTNU
Kindergarten English immersion programs (EIPs) have prevailed in Taiwan in recent years. Many parents send their children to EIPs' in which English is the main teaching and communication tool. Many scholars and parents are concerned about EIPs' negative influence on the children's perceptions of their native language and culture. Thus, the purpose of this study is to investigate whether or not, and to what extent kindergarten EIPs influence young children's perceptions of their native language and culture. Specifically, this study attempts to explore whether EIP children develop negative perceptions of their native culture and language. The participating kindergarten of this study belongs to one of the nationwide networks of EIPs in Taiwan. Qualitative research methods including interview, observation, and document collection were used to collect data. The results of this study revealed that EIP children did not, in general, show negative perceptions of their native language and culture. This can be explained in terms of the kindergarten's hybrid culture and language, children's limited English ability, implementation of the "no Chinese" policy in the kindergarten, and the support of native language and culture in family and community contexts. Based on the findings, some suggestions are proposed for EIP educators to help children deal with the possible problems when encountering a new language and culture.
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